On 31 May, the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, issued a Communication on the problem of people’s exposures to mixtures of chemicals, especially as it relates to endocrine disrupting chemicals.
The Communication admits that the current structure of EU law blocks a proper assessment of the combination effects from different chemicals. The Communication proposes a platform for existing chemical monitoring data and improved coordination across the different Commission entities responsible for the various EU laws. It will provide technical guidelines to promote consistency across different legislation and a report by June 2015.
European health, environmental and consumer groups together expressed their disappointment and concern at the lack of urgency shown, particularly the absence of any proposed changes to European Union legislation.
Written on 26 June 2012.